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The 15-year-old Kamila Valieva, who won gold in figure skating earlier this week and later tested positive for an illegal drug, is now being defended by her coach Kamila Valieva has ended up in an unfortunate doping case. Photo: Anne-Christine Poujoulat / Ritzau Scanpix She put her competitors to the test and made headlines for her phenomenal performance in the figure skating final, where the mere 15-year-old Kamila Valieva secured a gold medal. The day after his victory, it emerged that the great talent had tested positive for the drug trimetazidine, which is illegal at WADA, (World Anti-Doping Agency) and the case is currently being investigated. Now Valieva’s coach Eteri Tutberidze has been out defending his young athlete. It writes Reuters. Tutberidze spoke on Russian state television, declaring her young figure skating star clean and innocent while wondering about the situation. – It is strange that an athlete suspected of doping on December 25 is allowed to compete in the Games. Tutberidze’s surprise comes because Valieva handed in a doping test on December 25, where the answer only came back on February 8, which turned out to be positive. – Either it is a wildly unfortunate case of circumstances, or it is a carefully planned plan. I hope our officials will fight for us and defend our rights and prove our innocence, Tutberidze said. Eteri Tutberidze had to comfort an emotional Kamila Valieva for today’s training session. Photo: Aleksandra Szmigiel / Ritzau Scanpix According to a spokeswoman from the Russian Figure Skating Federation, a decision will be made at 16.00 Danish time on whether Valieva will compete in the women’s individual discipline. 15-year-old Kamila Valieva is one of the youngest athletes in history to have tested positive for doping, and former American gymnast Rachael Denhollander, who is now a lawyer, laments the situation. – A child does not make any decisions about taking that kind of medication unless they get it stuck in the hand of someone in charge. – What we actually see is the damage that a child is exposed to after being under the influence of adults who do not see her for who she is, but for what they can get out of her sportingly, Denhollander says .